Jerry and I went to Israel in the 1970’s with his father, Max. The trip was wonderful, and for Max — whose family emigrated from Russia under persecution when he was a little boy — a deeply spiritual experience. Jerry and I always intended to go back.
I had the chance to go recently, and declined. I’m not so sure I still support what Israel has become. NY Times opinion columnist Michelle Goldberg expresses my concerns well:
Here are a couple of key excerpts from the piece:
“The juxtaposition of images of dead and wounded Palestinians and Ivanka Trump smiling in Jerusalem like a Zionist Marie Antoinette tell us a lot about America’s relationship to Israel right now. It has never been closer, but within that closeness there are seeds of potential estrangement.”
“Trump has empowered what’s worst in Israel, and as long as he is president, it may be that Israel can kill Palestinians, demolish their homes and appropriate their land with impunity. But some day, Trump will be gone. With hope for a two-state solution nearly dead, current trends suggest that a Jewish minority will come to rule over a largely disenfranchised Muslim majority in all the land under Israel’s control. A rising generation of Americans may see an apartheid state with a Trump Square in its capital and wonder why it’s supposed to be our friend.”